So this has been written on quite a bit online, but I wanted to present this idea just so people who might not have heard it will have an understanding of importance of theological issues. Dr. Al Mohler, President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, originally presented this in A Theology for the Church (edited by Dr. Daniel Akin, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC). In the conclusion, he wrote a chapter entitled The Pastor As Theologian where he presented the concept of Theological Triage. Many have heard the term triage in relation to a hospital’s emergency room. This is the process through which they determine the severity of injuries as they enter the ER and assign them accordingly (e.g. gunshots wounds are seen before sprained ankles). This same process can be brought to bear on theological issues. For example, disagreements on the freedom to drink alcohol is not as severe as disagreements on the deity of Christ. Continue reading
Well, Debbie got Woman’s Day magazine in the mail and on the front cover Heather saw there was an article from the pastor of one of the largest churches in America. Digging in, we saw that Joel Osteen decided to spout some more “safe for the whole family” generic advice that no Christian leader should ever give. Let’s look at his points one at a time. Continue reading
So we’re getting involved in a church here in Dahlonega named Christ Family Church. It’s quite phenomenal to find a church we can call home after coming back to Georgia. While we attended some nice ones in Lawrenceville, one of them was too focused on tradition and the other was too focused on its members (although it was trying to change that and become more missional). In Dahlonega, CFC is solidly biblical and missional. Just because they’re so concise, here are the vision and distinctions of the church: Continue reading
A friend of mine named Adam Neal at Journey in Raleigh, NC wrote a great blog post. I’ll repost it here:
Let me set a scene for you: You are sitting at a restaurant with your family enjoying a nice dinner and having a pleasant conversation. Before you can even order your food, the toddler in the booth behind you begins crying because dad took a toy away. You can barely carry a conversation now because the kid is going crazy! What’s even more annoying is when there is a group of adults that act as if they are the only ones in the restaurant. They make so much noise that you can’t help but to be distracted. Unintentional distractions are obnoxious and mostly rude.
In the Old Testament, people would express worship for the Lord with sacrifices, burnt offerings, and bowing. In fact, worship through singing didn’t appear until 2 Chronicles. Singing and playing instruments became a popular way of worshipping the Lord as shown in the Psalms. Worship didn’t change all that much in the New Testament. Worship remained to be an outward expression of love for God. Hebrews 12: 28-29 says, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’ ” In John 4:23 Jesus instructs believers to worship in spirit and in truth. Culture obviously makes a huge difference in our style of worship these days compared to worship in bible times. However, congregational worship is to remain reverent and respectful of others. I am not opposed to the full band, “contemporary” style church. I’m a worship leader at a great one! We just can’t forget that there are other people around us that may be turned off to Christianity if it involves screaming and running around. Hyper-emotionalism gets in the way of evangelism, and possibly interrupts someone’s personal walk with God. Letting your emotions take control of your actions is an immature act in any circumstance. In Revelation, John witnessed the most intense worship service in the history of the world and what did he do? Run around the throne room? Scream at the top of his lungs? Dance around naked? No! He got on his face and worshipped. Even the 24 elders and 4 living creatures got down and worshipped. Maybe this means our worship should involve more bowing and less moving.
While the book Wild at Heart by John Eldredge has some helpful points, overall it has some serious flaws. I thought this review by Daryl Wingerd accurately described some of them, so I’m going to repost his review here.
A Critical Review of John Eldredge’s Wild at Heart
Author: Daryl Wingerd
John Eldredge’s book Wild at Heart was recommended to me by several different Christians. To be honest, reading this book was not high on my list of priorities, but the people who recommended it to me are very dear and trusted friends. Partly out of respect for them, and partly out of my pastoral sense of obligation to “Test all things; hold fast what is good,” I made the time to review what Charles R. Swindoll endorsed as, “the best, most insightful book I have read in at least the last five years.”
From the outset, you will undoubtedly notice that my review of Wild at Heart is overwhelmingly unfavorable. There would be no point in tempting you to read this entire essay by leading you to believe otherwise. But still, I want to begin by saying that I do not disagree with everything John Eldredge has to say. I believe, as he does, that men in America have become passive, passionless, and even feminized in some regards. I commend his efforts to convince fathers to steer their boys in a more masculine direction. Continue reading